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AWFJ Gives Awards a Little Razzing With, Well, Awards

It’s unlikely that young women are practicing their EDA Awards acceptance speeches in mirrors across the country, but what the awards lack in profile they make up for in sense of humor.

While the Alliance of Women Film Journalists’ EDAs could have been just another trophy that “The Artist” can add to its awards-coffers — because, yes, “The Artist” won picture and director at this year’s EDAs, thank you very much — the real appeal of this awards ceremony is in the ancillary awards categories that change every year. For instance, the female cast of “New Year’s Eve” earned the, ahem, prestigious Actress Most in Need of a New Agent award. Perhaps the Academy would like to add some sizzle to the telecast with this new statuette?

Given yearly in December, the EDAs, which are named in honor of AWFJ founder Jennifer Merin’s mother, Eda Reiss Merin — were developed to recognize the amazing work done by and about women through both straightforward and whimsical categories.

The full list of winners follows…

Special Mention Awards

AWFJ Hall of Shame Award: The Hollywood Reporter for failing to invite any women to join the Directors Roundtable

Actress Most in Need Of a New Agent: All actresses in “New Year’s Eve”

Movie You Wanted To Love But Just Couldn’t: “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”

Unforgettable Moment Award: “The Artist,” the sound of the glass clinking on the table.

Best Depiction of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction: (TIE) “Melancholia,” Justine in the moonlight; “Shame,” opening sequence on the subway train.

Sequel Or Remake That Shouldn’t Have Been Made Award: “The Hangover Part II”

Most Egregious Love Interest Age Difference Award: (TIE) “Albert Nobbs,”  Glenn Close (64) and Mia Wasikowska (22); “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part I,” Bella (18) and Edward (Over 100)


Female Focus Awards

Best Woman Director: Lynne Ramsey, “We Need To Talk About Kevin”

Best Woman Screenwriter: Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, “Bridesmaids”

Kick Ass Award For Best Female Action Star: (TIE) Rooney Mara, “The Girl With The Dragon Tatto0”; Saoirse Ronan, “Hanna”

Best Animated Female: Isla Fisher, “Rango”

Best Breakthrough Performance: Elizabeth Olsen, “Martha Marcy May Marlene”

Female Icon Award: Glenn Close, “Albert Nobbs”

Actress Defying Age and Ageism: Helen Mirren, “The Debt”

This Year’s Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Film Industry: Jessica Chastain for performances in four highly acclaimed films

AWFJ Award For Humanitarian Activism: Angelina Jolie for UN work and making “In the Land of Blood and Honey” to raise awareness about genocide.



EDA Awards

Best Film: “The Artist”

    Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”

      Best Screenplay, Original: “Midnight in Paris,” Woody Allen

        Best Screenplay, Adapted: (TIE) “The Descendants,” Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash; “Moneyball,” Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin

            Best Documentary: “Buck”

              Best Animated Film: “Rango”

                Best Actress: Viola Davis, “The Help”

                  Best Actress in a Supporting Role: (TIE) Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”; Octavia Spencer, “The Help”

                      Best Actor: Michael Fassbender, “Shame”

                        Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”

                          Best Ensemble Cast: “Bridesmaids”

                            Best Editing: “Hugo,” Thelma Schoonmaker

                              Best Cinematography: “The Tree of Life,” Emmanuel Lubezki

                                Best Film Music Or Score: (TIE) “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross; “Hanna,” the Chemical Brothers

                                    Best Non-English-Language Film: “A Separation”

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